Daniel J. WEST, Appellant,
STATE of Florida, Appellee.
appeal from the Circuit Court for Bay County. Michael C.
H. Williams, Williams Law, Panama City, for Appellant.
Moody, Attorney General, Tallahassee, for Appellee.
agree with appointed counsel that the record contains no
reversible error and affirm Daniel J. Wests judgment and
sentence. Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 87
S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967).
the trial court appointed a public defender to represent West
on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, and
aggravated assault with a firearm, he moved for substitute
counsel and requested
a Nelson [*] hearing. The Public Defenders Office
moved for appointment of the Office of Criminal Conflict and
Civil Regional Counsel (OCCCRC). The trial court granted the
motion and appointed Jan Miron as conflict counsel. West was
soon dissatisfied with Mirons representation and moved for
the appointment of another conflict counsel. The OCCCRC also
moved for appointment of a new conflict attorney. The trial
court granted the motion and appointed Edmund Quintana.
West was still not satisfied and moved to replace Quintana
with private court-appointed counsel. Although Wests
complaints about his counsel were legally insufficient
(because Quintana was experiencing health issues) the court
appointed Charles Henry Williams to represent West.
West was not satisfied. At a pre-trial hearing, Williams told
the court that West did not want Williams to represent him.
West asked the court to remove Williams and requested another
Nelson hearing. As West explained why he wanted
Williams removed, he became agitated. The court told West to
"[t]ake it down about two notches. Chill out just a
little bit for me. Okay?" West replied:
Seem like you got it in for me. Id like a change of venue.
You seem like you got it in for me. I dont know whats going
on. I dont want him, and Id really like to get out your
courtroom. Now, you decide, whatever you decide. Now, if you
leave me with him, I wont, I got nothing to do with him. I
dont want nothing to do with him. Now, if you leave me with
him, you and him decide what yall gonna do, because Im
having not having no parts of it.
court then called Williams to testify about how he prepared
Wests defense and about his interactions with West. West was
given a chance to respond, and the court reminded him,
"[w]hat I want you to do is take it down two notches
demanded that the court appoint another lawyer to represent
him. West then criticized the trial court, saying,
"[n]ow, if youre going to have a kangaroo court, go
ahead on and have it."
court reminded West once more to take his behavior "down
a couple notches," warning that if he did not, the court
would find him in direct contempt of court. The court told
West not to refer to ...